Friday, November 06, 2009

Sata and I have been vindicated – Hichilema

Sata and I have been vindicated – Hichilema
By George Zulu
Fri 06 Nov. 2009, 04:01 CAT

UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has said PF president Michael Sata and himself have been vindicated on their statements that President Rupiah Banda is corrupt.

Hichilema said the disbandment of the Task Force on Corruption by President Banda's government is aimed at encouraging corruption, theft, abuse of authority and protection of those in authority.

In an interview in Monze yesterday, Hichilema said it had become a source of concern to see how fast the MMD government under President Banda had scraped institutions created to fight corruption and corrupt government leaders.

He said it was evident enough that the current administration lacks political will in the fight against corruption, abuse of authority and has bent systems of governance which should not be accepted by the people of Zambia because it allows and promotes corruption.

“The PF-UPND pact was not surprised with the direction taken by Rupiah to disband the Task force on Corruption because we saw it coming. He had always wanted to benefit from corruption, it is easy to see the way he fired Mr. Nkole, and I am on record having said that 'the worst is yet to be felt by Zambians',” Hichilema said.

“Today Mr. Sata and myself have been vindicated. What we have been telling you about Mr. Banda is not a lie but facts; this man is corrupt and to have such a person for plot one it is dangerous. We saw all this coming... you remember the Dora Siliya RP Capital saga which led to the dismissal of Kapitolo, the dubious sale of Zamtel in total defiance of the demand from the people not to go ahead?

That is what has exactly happened with the Task Force on Corruption. They have disbanded it in order to protect his friend, the way he changed the Zambia National Tender Board to ZPA in a dubious manner to allow for more dubious deals but we have to warn him that the people of Zambia are watching and he should not be surprised of their action in 2011. He should blame himself for failure to govern this peaceful nation.”

Hichilema said President Banda had ill motives on the governance and the fight against corruption in the nation, adding that the fight against corruption was buried together with the late president Levy Mwanawasa.

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